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-up column. there are 36 days until the election. this election actually despite everything you are hearing it is still up in the air. so don't count your chickens folk. back with us from washington, d.c. is peter fenn, and joining me here inside "the war room," duf sundheim. duf, let me start with you, because of all of the polls that have been out lately there has been some movement of republican money. there have been in fact fox business news is reporting that some of mitt romney's new york donors are taking their money to the house and senate. and that trend reflects an increasing level of anxiety both with the nature of the romney campaign, and polls show president obama has a lead in swing states that some republicans think is insurmountable. do you think it's too soon? >> yes. you are going to see some anxiety, you are at a football game, and people start leaving for the exits way too early. >> jennifer: i think we're going to have to follow the money. though. peter after all of the millions that have already been donated how important it is for campaigns to ge
that sales of halloween masks is a good forecast of who is going to win the election? and do you remember sarah silverman's great schlep video, the makers of that video are out with this video. >> grandma, grandpa, can we talk? >> (vo)answer: pour disaronno into a flute glass and top with prosecco. brought to you by disaronno. be originale. ♪ >> jennifer: on the campaign front, i don't know about you, but i am totally loving the news today. no matter how hard the right-wing tries to hide it polls across the board are showing how unpopular mitt romney is. there is this new survey from bloomberg news which fines the most unpopular living u.s. president, that would be president george w. bush has a higher rating than gop candidate mitt romney. 46 to 43%. president bush is also more popular than the entire current republican party. are you shocked? actually i'm not. if the romney campaign were smart, they should realize they should stop drinking from the gop spiked kool-aid and start fighting for u.s. citizens. back with us is democratic strategist and syndicated colu
the choice in this election is clear. i couldn't have said it better myself. >> jennifer: i can now tell you exactly what mitt romney is going to say in wednesday's presidential debate, and i'm going to tell you how you back home can rebut his claims. how do i know what he is going to say? because a talking point's memo from the campaign to romney's surrogates and allies it was leaked today. i know from experience that a memo coming like this just two days before a debate it is intended to prepare the surrogates and allies to parrot really the candidate to repeat and reinforce his position on every issue. so you are ready to hear it and it makes his ability to defend at the debate that much so that's what this memo is all about. wednesday's debate is going to focus on three of the most contentious issues of the campaign. the focus will be on the role of government, the economy and health care. mitt romney has a history of shall we sa waffling a little bit on these important issues we even have a collection of mitt's flip flops here inside the war room but this
the elections for some of the candidates. i just think they will be more relevant in the future. as the tea party is not able to help out with the republicans, i think he will see a lot of people in the grass roots level leave the two parties and go to the third party. host: thank you for the call. jill stein just received a hundred $60,000 from the election commission because she is -- $160,000, she is out with a new web ad proclaiming with the green party is all about. [video clip] >> it is an end to unemployment, climate change and an end to corporate role. we are not talking spare change, we need a revolution. that is what we deserve it. what we do not deserve is pandering irresponsible [beep] passing itself off as campaigning. i cannot believe i said that, but that is how i feel. >> i am voting for jill stein. >> we need a green president. vote for jill stein. >> i am voting for jill stein. >> i am jill stein. i approve this message. host: dr. jill stein will be joining us later in the program. from the twitter page -- our question if you are just joining us are listening on c- span ra
. republican voters are more interested in this election than democrats. the president has a larger lead. he is up seven. the problem for him is a lack of enthusiasm of hispanics and young voters. romney has to do things to make people substantially change the way people feel about him. his approval rating is still under water. the lowest for any presidential nominee at this point in time other than george h.w. bush in 1992. romney is out with his second straight to camera ad in the direct effort to undo damage of the remarks. >> more americans live in poverty than when president obama took office. we should measure our compassion by how many fellow americans are able to get good paying jobs and not how many are on welfare. >> look at these numbers. by a whopping 51 to 28 voters say what they have heard about romney has made them feel more unfavorably there is still a few yellow flags for the president. more people disapprove of how he has handled the situation in libya and egypt than approve. if you want to understand why the president is leading look at this number, economic optimism. 57%
attorney decided not to press charges was elected. most of the issues that affect people every day our local issues, but i believe that national organizations put so much emphasis on the top of the ticket they are ignoring vital state, gubernatorial, state, county commissioner, all those down-ballot races, and when you are talking about the military- industrial complex, those are district attorney's charging people, judge-citizens charging people, so speak to how you are educating your constituents to understand down-ballot races matter, and even more so, then the top of the ticket? >> it is also different states. if you complained about extremism in the republican party or the support by minorities of the democratic party, you self-gerrymander the country, counties, and districts. what is transpiring is you can make sure you -- but you are giving up on south carolina. that will not change blew any time soon. >> talking about mississippi, alabama, tennessee, arkansas, a louisiana, and those are considered red states. >> you have to make sure both parties are fighting and we are just no
and harm. >> and with less than 40 days to go before the presidential election, alice walker will read her new poem, "democratic womanism." >> you ask me why i smile when you tell me you intend in the coming national election to hold your nose and vote for the lesser of two evils. there are more than two evils out there is one reason, i smile. >> all of that and more coming up. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman. we're on the road in washington, d.c. an attack of a prison in the iraqi city of tikrit has killed at least a dozen people and freed more than 80 prisoners. reports on the details varied. at a local official told the associated press prisoners had seized weapons from a prison store room, while other sources said militants attacked from the outside. a gun battle reportedly stretched for at least eight hours before authorities regained control. the prison houses inmates with ties to al qaeda, and some were awaiting execution. a gunman opened fire thursday inside a minneapolis sign making business, killing four people and wounding se
." >>> we're now just 36 days from the presidential election and nationally our brand-new cnn/orc poll of likely voters shows the race between president obama and governor romney remaining up for grabs. the president leads 50% to 47%. but his three-point margin is within the poll's sampling error. our chief national correspondent john king is in denver getting ready for the debate over there. that's the site of the debate. john, take us into these numbers. what are you seeing? >> reporter: well, wolf, i can tell you this, talking to senior officials in the romney campaign, they believe after a tough week or ten days, the last several days, they have a little bit of a breeze at their back. they say the race has stabilized. you dig into the numbers. what is the most important issue in this first debate? the economy. look at this poll. which candidate would better handle the economy? the president, 49%, governor romney, 48%. a dead heat. the president has to defend his record. governor romney not only needs to attack his record but to convince voters he has a better place to take them if
. the first thing is we were in the middle of an election campaign, and candidate bill clinton was comparing beijing to baghdad. and this was right at the time when china was moving from baghdad to paris. maybe i'm overstating the case a little bit, but that's essentially what was happening. i mean, this was a dramatic shift in china, and the u.s. government paid absolutely no attention to it. it had no impact on the policies of the clinton administration when it took office. and, of course, since i was the american ambassador to china this confronted me with problems with an american government that had one view of china, that china was already moving in a different direction, and that created some contradictions in trying to carry out my instructions faithfully. but i think this time, you have something that goes of that. clearly are the bush eli a fair has exposed that china's political system is not different from others. leaders struggle for power. they have their own ambitions. some succeed, some come crashing down, as in the case of bush eli. so we shouldn't assume that just because c
bias has reached unprecedented levels in this election cycles. and later, usa today reporter discusses why the nation's water costs have risen 32% since 2000. "washington journal" is next. host: as we look at the capitol, record high 38% of americans prefer that the same party control the presidency and congress, while a record low, 23%, say it would be better if the president and congress were from different parties. 33% say it doesn't make any difference to them. these findings are based on a gallup poll annual governance survey and are the basis for our discussion for the first 45 minutes of this edition of the "washington journal." good morning. today is saturday, september 29. we want to find out from you about divided government. are you in favor of it? would you prefer to see one party, two parties, three parties? one party versus divided government, your preferences is our topic for the first segment of the program. 202-585-3880 is our number for democrats. republicans can call us at 202-585-3881. independents, 202-585-3882. if you're calling outside the u.s., 202-585-3883. we'
that separation? another question that's obvious to raise, especially with an election coming up, is in this any way to cover an election? it's a really good question, and i'm sure the session will spark good conversations, and i hope it will give us some good ideas as well. this looks like a fascinating program, and we're very, very proud to host it. thank you very much and welcome. [applause] >> thank you very much. and now i'd like to hand the floor over to jim corpsville of stony brook university who will lead our plenary panel asking, is this any way to cover an election? >> thank you, a.j., and good morning to everybody. we have a very distinguished and knowledgeable panel to talk about this topic, the timing, obviously, couldn't be better, debates wednesday night. let me introduce the people on the panel. to my immediate right is michael howe who's the technical cofounder of the fourth of state project as well as the architect of the platform that runs both enterprises. the project focuses on driving media coverage of the election 2012. and i think he'll have a very interesting powerpoint
bush. neither kerry or mondale translated that into an election night win, although steve kornacki likes to think about a potential mondale president history. as the dust settles, they're back on the trail today. obama is en route to a rally in wisconsin, but earlier today in denver supporters saw the obama we hoped to see last night. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. he said that he doesn't even know that there's such laws that encourage outsourcing, never heard of them. he said if it's true, he must need a new accountant. we know for sure it was not the real mitt romney, because he seems to be doing just fine with his current accountant. thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. it's about time. >> that guy's a winner. mitt romney joining paul ryan this evening in my home state of virginia, but which mitt will show up? the mitt who won the debate by putting the president on the defensive, spoke directly to voters and there was a moment or two of humor. will we see the same mitt on the trail for the pas
on the stage. >> what happens could be only five weeks until election day. t debate will focus on policy.omy and domestic both candidates took a break intense debate prep tuesday. mitt romney grab a bite to eat denver while president obama dam.ed the hoover >> it is spectacular. >> will tell relied heavily on mates this week to campaign. >> how they can justify raising taxes on middle-class. >> it did not take long for paul that.o pounce on >> vice-president biden today the middle class over e last four years has been buried. we agree. we need to stop digging -- start by electing mitt romney. the race is still close. every word tonight could impact election. abc news, denver. >> tonight's debate happens to fall on the same day as the obamas 20th wedding anniversary. mrs. obama will go to reno to voters and then to be .n the audience in denver they will celebrate on saturday. his campaign is asking supporters to sign an card for the first couple. the debate is at 9:00 tonight. at 11:00, scott thuman will have analysis. vice-president biden's flight into weather approaching charlotte, so t
: election integrity maryland says its research shows rupus harris in who died in 2003 voted in 2008. other names registered after death are james procter of laurel who died in '88 and registered in '92. and virginia who died in 1991 and registered in 1992. >> out of 11,000 challenges that we filed, 1500-plus were of deceased voters that have been allowed to stay on the voter rolls. >> reporter: eim says it also found a woman in a nursing home with two voter registrations who doesn't remember voting since 2006. >> and yet her voter registrations have been used consecutively in all even year elections, primary and general elections. >> reporter: here's where the state board of elections weighs in. >> they did say there was one 67-year-old voter who's residing in a nursing home who they say has registered twice, has been voting multiple times in different elections. there's no evidence to support that claim. go have to be very careful with this information and we do check everything to make sure that it's accurate. >> reporter: the board of elections intends to check the other names in the re
himself to kennedy. >> here's the punch line of that, who won the election? bush and quail. >> staying cool under attacks? >> here you go again. >> you get points. being too cool -- >> if kitty were raped and murdered, would you favor a death penalty for the killer? >> no, i don't, bernard. >> michael's numbers dropped immediately after the seemingly too cool answer. the undecided need reasons to decide. >> substance is more important, but demeanor counts. >> he checks his watch and he suffers from it. al gore hurt by his sighing. this year, look for this. >> i have never seen this much lying as i have in this campaign. >> gary is lining up all the possible mistakes that have been made over the years, but as he mentioned at the end, there's a big difference between a gasp and an outright lie. here we are committed to telling you the difference between the two tonight and to that end, we are here where they will be fact checking these. i'm standing next to paul singer, the political editor who will be in charge of the fact checking effort. explain exactly how it's going to work
at the cuyahoga county board of elections. state senator nina turner was very first and said the long line is symbolic of how important voting is in ohio. cleveland mayor frank jackson also showed up for some moral support. so far 32% of republicans have requested early ballots. and 26% of democrats. and these early votes in ohio could really be symbolic. mitt romney likely will not become president unless he can take ohio. more john fuglesang coming up on the "full court press" after the break. stay with us. you're about to watch an ad message created by a current tv viewer for capella university. matter. >> i work with adults with developmental disabilities. growing up i had a single mother of four and people in the community were so helpful when they didn't even have much themselves. seeing people and their hardships made me want to make a difference in people's lives to give them hope. receiving a masters degree would open the doors for me to get into a management position where i would be able to do more for people. health matters to all of us. that's wh
romney had in mind when he wanted to say states have rights. what about the city's rights to elect their own elected officials? and help do they own? when you say government interference, i understand you were talking about the federal government, but i heard mitt romney say that states' rights, is it the rights of the state's coming into the cities to overthrow the local municipalities? if that's a big government, small government, i don't know, is it controlled government? i think they have a right to control their own destiny in their own city. so the public is on the ballot in november, and i am turning everybody in michigan to vote down. we don't need dictatorship. it is a dictated view. >> host: thanks so much on the mall of the government in relation to the city and its relationship with federal government. and detroit. swb writes the government should do its job and maintain the general welfare. from debate news the numbers are in on how many people watched on television. more than 600 million watched the debate in this election cycle nearly 15 million were going to watch t
, it's going to be a jump-ball election three or four weeks from now. it's going to be within two or three points. it's that close out in the country. i think tonight's debate, though, matters a great -- >> let me stop you there, mike. so you do think it's still going to be a jump ball because obviously mitt romney's had a horrific september. his own people say, man, what a horrible month. but we still have a long way to go here. you think it's still going to be a jump ball? >> yes, i do. i do. because of two elements that polls can't really get to, the level of anxiety in this country about daily life and about the immediate future of our economy, and the level of disappointment in barack obama held by obama supporters who will vote for him, but they are still disappointed in him. so those two things alone, i think, are going to result in a jump-ball election. but to the debate tonight, i do think it's going to be important for mitt romney. the reason i think it's going to be important for mitt romney is i think very few of us have an understanding of the ripple effect of the 47%
that are famous for, you know, for zingers like that. i mean, i do remember lloyd bentsen didn't get elected vice president, know, though it was a famous one-liner. >> hmm. that's, that's very true. and that's going to bring me to my next question which is out of this op-ed by e.j. die onand he writes one of the short comings of the contemporary media environment is while debates are supposed to be occasions where candidates thrash out matters of consequence thoughtfully and in detail the outcomes are often judged by snippets that are more about personal character than issues or problems. and i'm curious to know is it just that we talk about the moments, write about the moments, rerun the moments, but that people 40 are actually watching the debate trying to figure out who to vote for the moments don't resonate with them? >> i actually don't agree with that. i do think there are -- look, there are times where we genuflect over something that happens in a debate or on the campaign trail that might not matter a lot. but look, like for example in the primary you won't be surprised to hear me say thi
's report will be the second for the election . a new warning this morning. cvc said the outbreak of deadly form of menigitus is. six states and leaving five people dead . it is link would to a steroid commonly used for back pain . it health officials suspect that bacteria was in the steroid and which is now recalled. the drug maker surrendered its license. darrell hannah making a splash in jail when she was protesting the key tone pipe line. the two stood in front of ground clearing equipment. both were charged with criminal trespassing and those are your headlines. brian went off to heat cooling for the day. >> steve: fantastic. there he is. that is just like in your fancy hotels . we have a thermostat. >> gretchen: 20 gets it back up to 69. >> brian: i will get funding. >> steve: coming up, straight ahead, live from the hot studio. a story that is almost impossible to believe. a dog sneaks out of his house and tracks down his owner who happened to be in the hospital miles away. that's the owner right there and that's the dog, their story coming up. >> gretchen: where was the president's
'm confident about the election. a terrible record as is documented in the brief. we have a very good candidate, and we have electrodynamics which i think are very strong in favor of there public. let me explain that. yet to win 270 electoral votes to win the presidency. two-thirds of them are already pretty much decided. we know that texas is going to vote for mitt romney. we know that new york and california are going to vote for president obama. we just know that. that is -- national polls don't even help you very much. almost beside the point to the extent they include people from states which are not in any way competitive. what we know is that there are ten key states and three not city-state's. of those we know that indiana and north carolina are certain wines for mitt romney. democrats will try and tell you, were going to win north carolina. not even close. president obama won it. traditionally red sea state. an enormous turnout. it will not be able to replicate. a lot of its independence and seven democrats that they would give the democrats try. i'm not worried about north carolina. i
here of this election season. and i want to go to chief white house correspondent jessica yellin in washington with me. we now know, jesse, the president is in nevada. romney also headed westward, so there is obviously a lot going into these debate preparations and i have to imagine that's not unusual whatsoever. >> no, it is not unusual. it is standard for the candidates to go into debate camp. that is especially true for a sitting president for whom it is tough to carve out time when he's in the white house. so leaving town is really the only way for a sitting president to do it. >> and, of course, we know mitt romney was, you know, working and what was it vermont or new hampshire during the dnc. he's been preparing as well. we have been talking over and over about the so-called expectations game where the romney folks try to, you know, make romney out to be the king kong of all debaters and when the romney folks talk, obama is suddenly superman. candy crowley has an interesting take on all of this. let's watch this together. >> reporter: apparently romney supporter and republi
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. you're in "the situation room." >>> only 33 days to election and an entirely new dynamic in the battle between president obama and mitt romney. the republican nominee is widely seen as the winner of last night's debate while even the president's strongest supporters now concede he was not at the top of his game. and now the president is back out there on the campaign trail. he's getting ready to speak at a rally over at the university of wisconsin in madison. we're goingo be hearing from him live this hour. but first, listen to what he said about mitt romney at a rally earlier today before he left denver. >> when i got on to the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. [ laughter ] but it couldn't have been mitt romney because the real mitt romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. the fellow on stage last night said he didn't know anything about that. the real mitt romney said we don't need anymore teachers in our classrooms. don't boo, vote. [ cheers and applause ] but the fellow
2 news. >>> in election news this morning republican presidential nominee mitt romney is talking about his controversial comments on the 47%. >> i was completely wrong. and i believe however that my life has shown that i care about it 100%. >> video surfaced of romney showing nearly half of americans americans are victims depending on the government. the obama campaign is regrouping following wednesday's debate in denver. some democrats say they are surprised that president obama didn't bring up mitt romney's 47% comment. the campaign said the president was focusing on the moderators questions. both are waiting for the latest jobs report. they will release september numbers in less than 30 minutes nod. coming up at 5:15 we will take you to our washington, d.c. bureau with more on why some say this is the most important report of the year. >>> time now about 5:07. let's go to sal. people are getting out the door. or are we feeling friday light? >> we haven't had friday light in awhile. i really don't think we will have it today, but i hope i'm wrong about that. right now it's ligh
of the night. at one point mitt romney told the president point blank that if elected, he would repeal his health care law to which the president responded by saying, but we've seen this model work really well in massachusetts. here's part of that exchange. >> i want to take the $716 billion you've cut it and put it back into medicare. by the way, we can include a prescription program. but the idea of cutting $716 billion from medicare to be able to balance the additional cost of obama care is in my opinion a mistake. with regards to young people coming along, i've got proposals to make sure medicare and social security are there for them without any question. >> if you repeal obama care and i have become fond of this term obama care, if you repeal it, what happens is those seniors right away are going to be paying $600 more in prescription care. they're going to have to be paying copays for basic checkups that can keep them healthier and the primary beneficiary of that repeal are insurance companies that are estimated to gainle billions of dollars -- gain billions of dollars back when the
on middle income families. >> obama: now, five weeks before the election, he's saying his big, bold idea is never mind. >> romney is saying he would push for tax relief is another flip-flop. from his statement a few weeks ago that we should not expect a huge cut in taxes if he's elected president. we'll do some fact checking for you in the next current news update. despite the lies and contradictions from romney, a new cnn poll says 67% of voters do think he won the debate. more bill press coming up after the break. stay with us. you're about to watch an ad message created by a current tv viewer for capella university. matter. education is the key. it is the vehicle. it's the way in which we evolve. every journey is different every possibility is unique. but the beginning, the beginning is my craft. i'm an ordinary person striving to achieve extraordinary things. it started with a dream and i'm on my way there. [ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> announcer: broadcasting across the nation on your radio and on current tv, this is the "bill press show." >
until the election, is in therst debate books. high expectations for romney, and he came out swinging. his moves made even harsh he had a goodat debate. -- admit he had a good debate. >> the debate started with a handshake and then turned into assault by mitt romney, going after the left four years in office. president's policies, middle income americans have been crushed. he also described the cuts. will stop the subsidy to pbs. spending things to borrow money from china to for it. >> 5 million jobs in the private created. industry has come back and housing has begun to rise. said there was no way mitt promise ofd keep his taxes without adding to deficit. before thee weeks election, he says his big, bold idea is never mind. >> the president never brought the controversial 47%,. analysts say it was romney who won this debate. >> moments like this could wipe slate clean. >> as both candidates hit the supporters of, the present offer this a device. -- twohave to the war debates, did it to mitt romney. >> this debate is making a new on the -- is having a on twitter. >> twitter tracks jus
and gentlemen, it is my pleasure at the outset to express my congratulations to mr. jeremich on his election to the presidency of the general assembly. i should also like to commend another leader for his leadership at last year's session. i should like to express our sincere gratitude and k-meciation to mr. ban oon secretary-general, of -- ban ki-moon, secretary general of the united nations, for his starters, objectives, and purposes. mr. president -- three years ago, a despot who rolled my country for 43 years -- ruled my country for 43 years, he stood on this very platform and torpor a copy of the charter of -- tore a copy of the united nations, saying he did not recognize the authority of the document. today, i am standing on the same platform, asserting my country's support of the charter of the united nations and our respect for it. i stand before you today, before the entire world, to apologize for all the harm, all the crime, committed by that despot against so many innocents. to apologize for the extortion and terrorism he meted on so many states. i should like to stress that the l
're doing almost half that with the unemployment rate 8.1%. will it sway the election? a lot of people don't think the jobs report will sway the election. here's why. there are two more to show this kind of no big surprise one way or the other. this kind of jobs growth is kind of baked into the conversation, isn't it? slow and steady, not as much as you would like. that's what we keep saying. >> an unexpected number may matter. >> we'll get something called the adp, private payroll report later that's one private sector gauge. we'll be closely watching that one expected at 133,000. sometimes the adp report is right on. previewing the jobs report, sometimes it is totally off. >> there's good news about car sales. >> car sales really did well in the most recent month. in fact, even doing better than early 2008. general motors up 1.5%. ford down 0.1%, but chrysler had a great month up 12%. >> is it because of low interest rates? >> it is pent up demand, a lot of incentives, low interest rates and easier financing. if you look at the foreign automakers, toyota up 41%. honda, volkswagon, hyunda
was elected and a new constitution. it's also no question but that they've been reorganizing in pakistan, and they've been attempting to reassert themselves within the country. how far they'll get, i don't know. i think that -- i think that the people of afghanistan were relieved when the taliban was gone. now, is it intimidating? do they kill people? you bet. they were using the soccer stadiums to cut off heads. women couldn't go out without a male member of their family. women couldn't get healthcare in that country. but a lot of refugees who left the country have come back. i think the people of afghanistan like the fact that they had an election and voted for their parliament. i think they have a crack at building a better country. >> greta: are you optimistic? >> i'm realistic, i think. i think it's up to them. they're going to have to pull up their socks and grab it and make it work, make it work in a way that won't be exactly the way we made it work. it's a tough path for them, no question about it. >> greta: egypt, now that president morsi is in command. your thoughts. is this be
into a conversation about what hays going to do if he's re-elected when it comes to the big three, medicare, medicaid, and social security. i mean, is he really going to go big? >> that's a big question. >> you bet it is. and if romney can get him into a position, saying he is going to go after those big three, i guarantee you -- the president already got a letter last week, tell us what you're going to do with these earned entitlement programs, whatever you want to call them. that is a big opening for romney tonight. >> and that's some place the democratic base is going to be watching the president, wanting him -- >> absolutely. the democrats want the president to stand strong. >> but if i'm romney, i go there. floating around saying the president made certain agreements there. i would go there and try to pin him down and try to get him to do that with a rote sum of his report. we'll see how skillful romney is. the advantage we have is, steve is here with us. >> right now there's a romney strategist rushing a memo to mr. romney in his prep room saying, the liberals on msnbc say -- we'll see if they
in the first one, there's no doubt about that. what is it going to change? >> the outcome of the election. >> no, it's not. right now in a serious bet in front of the american public, there are 6 million or 7 million people watching as we speak -- >> hold on a second. you're not even talking about armed forces radio. >> the troops, donny. >> why do you hate the troops? i guess you're going to try to disengage them. >> 20 million people watching, let's make a serious bet. did he win the debate? slam dunk, no question, embarrassment. it is not changing this election. what can we bet? >> so we've wasted enough time here. i'll think about something. i do think, mark halperin, it changes on the margins. i think suddenly florida, nevada, colorado, virginia, north carolina, all of these swing states that were close, i think if ryan/romney have a couple more good debates, those all go in the romney column. that was a freudian slip. but at the end of the day, though, the question is committee make up the big difference in ohio? can he make up the big difference in wisconsin? because if he doesn't
has traditionally been republican territory. what are you seeing? >> reporter: as you know, election day may be weeks away, but in virginia, ab sen tea voting is already under way and that is why you saw president obama and mitt romney treading on each other's turf this week. president obama heading to virginia beach as he tries to keep virginia out of reach for romney. >> reporter: in virginia beach, president obama tailored his latest attack on mitt romney to the military voters here as he hit his opponent for his recent comments that 37% of americans who don't pay income taxes see themselves as victims. >> i travel a lot around this country and i don't immediate meet a lot of victims. i see a lot of veterans who have served this country with bravery and distinction and i see soldiers who defend our freedom every single day and i see those military families who are wondering whether their loved ones are going to come back home safe and sound. that's who i see. >> reporter: active duty military and combat zones do not pay federal income tax and veterans do not pay income tax on thei
from nebraska, but a u.s. senator. if elected, how will you balance economic interests of agriculture with those of the nation, and should confiscate any to require use of up to 15 billion gallons a year of ethanol, taking 40% of the nation's corn crop, when critics say that raises food prices for everyone? >> the critics are wrong. the nation plus interests in agriculture are aligned. it is one of our most competitive industry. the interest of agriculture and the united states are aligned and i am appalled that neither governor romney or president obama is talking about agriculture in this campaign. it is an important part, a foundation of the u.s. economy. ethanol, i fought for ethanol since i was governor. it has lowered the price of fuel. it is created tens of thousands of jobs. i was in blair last week, a great example of bipartisan effort. there is a new dcompany with a hundred jobs. is is not a failure. this is not a threat to our economy. the interest of agriculture and the united states are completely in alignment. there's no need to choose. >> senator fischer? >> i grew up i
, wendy. >> i love our first question. because it's an election year, people need to get out to vote. viewers want to know, how do i register to vote and when are the deadlines? >> love this one. the board of elections in maryland, virginia, and d.c., gave us this answer, all three let you register online, or in person or by mail. in virginia you'll need to provide your full social security number in order to register. the deadline to register is monday, october 15th. in maryland, you either need to provide a government-issued i.d. or the last four digits of your social security number. the deadline to register there, tuesday, ost 16th in d.c. to register, you'll need proof of residency which means either a current government photo i.d. or utility bill or government document that shows your name and address. you can register in d.c. actually on election day. provided that you bring that proof of residence. you can learn more about registering to vote on our website nbcwashington.com, just search vote. >> good to know. our next question is about getting a good deal. do online stores r
's scheduled to last 90 minutes, and with just 33 days until the election some 60 million people are expected to tune in. former republican candidate rick santorum knows what it's like to go against mitt romney in a debate. we'll talk to him straight ahead, as well as the president's deputy campaign manager stephanie cutter. >>> also ahead, we brought you his incredible story last week, a man looking for a second chance to fulfill his dream after he suffered a debilitating injury in his one and only at-bat in the major leagues. last night, seven years later, adam greenberg finally got that chance. we'll show you how he did and talk to him about the big moment the morning after. >>> a bit later. you think politics can get ugly. try the "american idol" judging table. ugly moment during an "american idol" audition. nicki minaj apparently losing it over her fellow judge and fellow diva mariah carey. a lot of people saw this one coming. more on that story. >> we want to begin over at news desk. natalie morales is there. natalie, good morning. >> good morning, david and savannah. good morning, ever
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